Last night I finished Richard Price's new novel Samaritan. It wasn't a fast read, but it was pretty good. I had heard Price on National Public Radio a few weeks ago and ordered his book from the library.
The book is about a guy who goes through a succession of jobs, the last of which was as a writer on a television series, and he goes back to his old neighborhood in New York and volunteers at his old High School. He is teaching kids creative writing.
But he gets beat up pretty badly in his home and almost loses his life. An old childhood friend of him tries to find out who assaulted him and he won't tell.